Keauna's tears broke my heart.
I love Rena and John (guess I'm in the minority!) and I'm sad they don't get to go to Olys. Good for them for landing that throw 3A! However the competition was fair, at least it seemed that way to me, and the top two should go. I'm really happy for E/L. She is so beautiful and lovely to watch skate.
As much as I love Keauna & Rockne I think that the right decision was made. It guts me that they couldn't get it together here at Nationals. Hopefully this will light a fire under them to work harder and get better, they have one of the best American Pairs coaches in their corner. I hope they will get an invitation to compete at Four Continents along with Brooke & Ben. We have three spots for the Pairs event @ Four Continents don't we?
ETA- according to an Icenetwork article John said: "We're not interested in going to that," he said. "We've done so much for U.S. Figure Skating. We've been the top-ranked team internationally for seven years. We're not looking [for Four Continents] as a consolation prize."
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I am late in watching the NBC broadcast but my favorite moment is of right after Denney/Barrett perform. It is a shot of their coach in tears. I cannot imagine how proud he must feel to have two of his teams in the top two at Nationals and to be on the Olympic team. His tears made me almost cry.
I do not see how anyone can pretend to be surprised at the selection.
The US had two spots in pairs. Denney and Barrett got first and Evora and Ladwig got second. The end.
This pretty much means that the US has to send the top 2 and top 3 to the olympics no matter what the results are.
By the way, John Baldwin is getting a bad rap here. What he actually said about the selection process is given here in gsrossano's article.
The Olympic selection was order of finish, as most everyone in U.S. Figure skating expected it would be. Some of the media tried to draw the skaters out into controversy about the selection process asking them what they would do (before the decision was announced). Mark Ladwig was a paragon of diplomacy and pointed out the decision is made by a committee, and it would never be just his decision.
Rena and John was more pointed in their comments. John said he felt the Olympic team should be chosen by order of finish. When pressed he said that when it came to making the decision, the judges did so when they judged the event. Rena made a key observation when she added that the Olympic selections should always be order of finish.
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